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Top 10 theses downloads (2014-15)

The Leicester Research Archive (LRA) is the University's Open Access repository.

The site has recently had a revamp, so do pay a visit if you've not seen it! You can browse by College or do a keyword search.

Over the summer we'll be showcasing some of the research publications and theses found in the LRA.

To start with, here are the top ten downloaded theses from the past year...

1. Alinda Gillott, Anxiety in high functioning children with autism (School of Psychology, 1999)

2. Mark Widdowson, The process and outcome of Transactional Analysis psychotherapy for the treatment of depression : an adjudicated case series. (Institute of Lifelong Learning, 2013)

3. Lena Maculan, Researching podcasting in museums: Can new broadcasting models of publication make art more accessible? (School of Museum Studies, 2008)

4. Umar Bida Ndako, Financial Development, Economic Growth and Stock Market Volatility: Evidence from Nigeria and South Africa (Department of Economics, 2010)

Raising your publication profile through Open Access

A series of short videos are now available to replicate our session on 'Raising your publication profile through Open Access'

Research funders and the University expect researchers to make their research publications openly available. If you'd like to explore the options available to you we have a handy flowchart to help.

These videos will introduce you to the options for making your publications open access, and discuss the many benefits for researchers, not least maximising your impact.

Find out more on our webpages or contact us.

Research as comics - Applied Comics Network

On Saturday 9th May I attended the first Applied Comics Network event to talk about the PhD sessions I offer on 'Communicating your research as a comic strip'.

The event was looking at the use of comics for informational and educational purposes. Attendees included academics, PhD students, graphic facilitators and comic creators.

Applied Comics Network is run by Lydia Wysocki (Newcastle Science Comic, Applied Comics Etc), John Swogger (Archaeology in the Caribbean, Something Different About Dad), and Ian Horton (Coordinator for Contextual and Theoretical Studies, London College of Communication).

They started the event off (before & after the interruption of a fire alarm!) by looking at the different types of comics the network might cover. They had all come up with different categories but they included:
Instructional (instructions for using/doing things)Informative (providing facts/information)Educational (these might be factual or have a narrative to make them more inter…

Using Google Scholar off-campus

Feedback from academics and researchers has told us that lots of you use Google Scholar, so the library is making it easier for you to access our resources via Google Scholar.
If you click on any of the Google Scholar links from the library website when off-campus it will ask you to login with your IT username and password. When you search it will then supply you with links to the full text of items the library has access to.
This already happens automatically on-campus.

Click on the link underneath the search box on the Library homepage

Click on the link from the A-Z of Databases:

Or use the search box on the right-hand side of any of the library webpages:

Set Google Scholar Preferences to remember University of Leicester access: If you use the same computer a lot off-campus then instead of going through the library webpages you can set the Google Scholar preferences so it knows you are from the University of Leicester.

Have you been to Brookfield?

The Postgraduate Teaching Centre at Brookfield is just a short walk across the park. The Centre offers group and individual study space for postgraduate researchers including a silent reading room and a silent PC Zone. There's also a coffee shop, run by the Student Union.

So if the Graduate School Reading Room is getting a bit busy or you just fancy a change, come to Brookfield!

Directions to Brookfield

Brookfield is open 8am-6.30pm, Monday to Friday during term time.